Revisiting this one to see if it was as good as I remembered since I just ordered the 2021 Tiltshift over Black Friday Weekend (yay free shipping!). I never managed to pick up another cake or more minis of the 2020 so I’ve been trying to save it instead of gulping it all down like I’d like to because I’m curious what it’ll be like in a couple years. I still haven’t cracked into my cake. Maybe next time I’ll try to do some of the cake and one of the last dragon balls at the same time just to compare how the different sizes are aging.
Used the glass gongfu bottle, glass cha hai, rainbowy silver lined cup. Water was at or close to boiling but I’m sure it cooled quickly with the cold house and being poured into the water side of the bottle first, so it wasn’t quite that hot by the time it actually hit the tea. 7g tea ball. Water quantity…well, I think the larger “water side” of my bottle is supposed to be 200ml and I wasn’t filling it all the way but I wasn’t measuring precisely either…maybe 150-175ml? About 30sec steeps to start with, adding time after the first few. Probably could have done a little less water and a little shorter steep time but oh well.
I love it. It’s sweet, it’s fruity, it’s got that tongue-coating thing you get from a good malty black tea. Between steeps a super sweet aftertaste would pop up that was like I’d just eaten a spoonful of sugar or something. There’s something there that reminds me of one of those sort of generically fruity KoolAid type drinks, which I know sounds like it should be kinda gross, but it’s more of a pleasantly nostalgic thing. There’s other fruitiness that seems more like actual fruit but I can’t quite figure out what kind. It’s not quite melon or grape or apricot or anything else I can definitely identify but it’s delicious. It’s like drinking a smoothie with like 14 kinds of fruit in it and you can’t pick out the individual flavors very well but they all work well together. If the 2021 is anything like the 2020 my tastebuds are going to be happy. It was a tough decision whether to order an extra cake of the 2021 Tiltshift or a cake of the 2021 Moon Waffles, though (Tiltshift won in this order. The Moon Waffles is at the top of my list for my next order).